Author: Steve Pecar

Laughs on the menu at the Earl of Comedy

People want to laugh. Give them an excuse and they’ll do it. That’s where Jeremy Yaksich comes in, he has several excuses planned. Yaksich is the driving force behind the Earl of Comedy, a series of laugh-fests that are taking over downtown Stouffville each month. Based at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub, the next is scheduled for Jan. 13 at 8:30 p.m. Jason Allen headlines a line-up of six performers as Yaksich hosts and serves up his own brand of stand-up between acts. Yaksich believes there is an appetite for top-level entertainment as Stouffville’s growing population looks to stick...

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Lineup set for Wintersong

The Stephen Stanley Band, Future History and Ben Hudson are just a few of the featured performers who will be taking part at Wintersong. The two-day music festival, set in downtown Stouffville, takes place Jan. 19-20 and features up to 50 performers who will take the stage at nine venues along Main St. Presented by the Epidemic Music Group, the event is planned to become an annual affair aimed at breathing some life into the cold, post-Christmas season. According to Heather Cook, project manager of the event, performers at Wintersong have largely been gathered from the Whitchurch-Stouffville, Durham and...

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Social media focus of business seminar

Social media and how it can work best for business is the topic for the first seminar of 2018, presented by the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce. James Burgess, a Newmarket-based management consultant and social media advisor, will be the guest speaker at the event. The discussion will focus on driving customers to your business through the use of social media. Burgess will point out strategies to maximize the use of formats, such as Facebook and Twitter, with the ultimate goal of increasing revenue. The author of two business-management books, Burgess is the owner of Focus31, a company that helps...

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Spirit of WS captured in photo contest

When people were asked to capture the spirit of the town, they did just that. There were more than 125 submissions in the year-long, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville 150 photo contest. The contest was presented to celebrate Canada 150 and entrants were encouraged to photograph events, people and the heritage of the town. The top 25 photographs will be displayed at the town hall gallery until the end of January and featured in the Whitchurch-Stouffville 2018 calendar. The top five winners (Barb Lant, Anastasia Zharova, Clarke Kennedy, Amy Buchanan and Shere Donald) also received gift cards from Henry’s Camera...

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Town eyes policy after expenses challenged

Whitchurch-Stouffville is looking to develop an expense policy after a former mayor called out two current town politicians for their spending habits. Appearing at a recent council meeting, Sue Sherban, who was mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville from 2003-2006, singled out Mayor Justin Altmann and Ward 6 Councillor Rob Hargrave for their expenditures. Sherban was also Ward 6 councillor from 1997-2003. Both politicians defended their spending as not out of the ordinary and were surprised they were being scrutinized. Sherban zeroed in on the identities and number of people that were invited to join the politicians at town-paid events. She also questioned...

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